The Australian government has changed the company contracted to support the single refugee still in Cambodia, the Phnom Penh Post reports. Connect Settlement Services has been working in Cambodia for the past month, the paper reports, continuing work done by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). IOM is still contracted in Cambodia, but the government has not detailed how Connect Settlement Services’ work is different to IOM’s. The program to send refugees to Cambodia from Nauru has cost the Australian government $55 million, but of the six refugees sent to the Asian nation, just one remains, with the others — including one Myanmarese Rohingya and four Iranians — returning to their countries of origin. The sole refugee left in Cambodia, Rashid, told reporters that he hasn’t heard of the new organisation. So that means we have two organisations, working with millions of dollars, to support the resettlement of a single refugee.
Double handling in Cambodia
The Phnom Penh Post reports that the Australian government has contracted a new agency to assist with the controversial refugee resettlement program.